The Leica DM 6000 B: a superb contender and every photomicrographer’s dream
Excellent image brilliance, crisp contrast, ergonomic design, user-friendly software, fully motorised hardware – all of which Leica’s DM 6000 B has – understandably comes at a price. Therefore, the DM 6000 B, which Leica introduced to the market in early 2000, is not a training microscope for use by hobby researchers, but rather a precision instrument designed for advanced use. Anyone who would like to work with a motorised, top-tier (priced from € 10,000 to € 40,000), cutting-edge, upright research microscope equipped with an infinity-corrected optical system need look no further. And our LM digital adapter can build the perfect bridge from this instrument to your camera!
With the Leica DM 6000 B, almost every method of observation is possible: bright field, dark field, Nomarski, fluorescence, polarisation, phase contrast (transmitted light) as well as bright field and fluorescence with incident light. The motorised, absolute encoded 6x or 7x revolving nosepiece with M25 thread offers the capacity to accommodate a large selection of Leica objectives: Hl-Plan, N-Plan, FL-Plan, Plan-Fluorite, PlanApo. For a panoramic view (i.e. an extra-large field of view), Leica even offers a 1.25x scanning objective!
The microscope is supplied with either a fixed stage tube (30 mm) or an adaptable ergo tube that adjusts to the user’s seated height (which facilitates a more relaxed body position when working on the microscope). The motorisation components enhance the DM 6000 B’s ergonomic aspects even further: motorised aperture and luminous field diaphragms, motorised shutter, motorised fluorescence filter changer, field diaphragm and shutter, motorised reflector disk, motorised focus drive. The motorised focus drive enables quicker focussing, and the parfocal compensation can be saved for all objectives. If desired, a motorised stage (working range 76 x 50 mm) is also available. Thanks to their ceramic coating, all stages are scratch resistant. An LED information display is located in the base of the stand.
With the Leica DM 6000 B, users can take advantage of semi-automated and markedly simpler microscope work. The benefits include:
- Constant colour intensity control: constant colour temperature is maintained at low lamp voltage
- Automatic Köhler light management: the microscope automatically sets the best values for aperture, field diaphragm and light intensit
- Fluorescence intensity manager: a method for fast, accurate and reproducible adaptation of the fluorescence intensity
- Fully automated differential interference contrast (DIC): the correct prisms as well as polariser and analyser are automatically moved into the beam path
The microscope is operated via the external Leica ST6000 SmartTouch Panel, which allows the user to set all automated functions intuitively from every position at the workstation. The panel also offers a focus wheel for fine and coarse adjustment, operating controls for stage adjustments and eleven programmable function buttons. In addition, the instrument features USB 2.0 and I2C interfaces.
Using our LM digital adapters, the Leica DM 6000 B can be connected to state-of-the-art, high-resolution digital cameras in a few simple, easy steps. Particularly if recent camera technology is used, users can expect to obtain excellent quality (upgrading from older camera models produces significant improvements in quality).
Fitting the microscope to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), system or C-mount cameras is easy with our LM digital SLR adapters, which feature a plan achromatic optical system. Our products make it possible to capture top-quality microscope images. To help you select the adapter that is right for your camera, we have set up an online configurator on our website. You can also email us – ideally with attached photographs of your microscope.
Modern DSLR and system cameras offer the latest technology and are generally very well suited for microscopy applications. Most of them can be controlled remotely via PC/Mac. Because of their high sales volumes, they offer an excellent price/performance ratio compared to special-purpose microscope cameras.
Features of top DSLR and system cameras:
- Large, powerful full-frame sensors (36 x 24 mm)
- Sensor resolution of 50 megapixels
- High light sensitivity (ISO 100,000+)
- Extensive dynamic range (up to 14 aperture stops/f-stops)
- Short exposure times (1/8000 second):
- Full/Ultra HD (4k) video function
- Live video capture on external monitors in ultra HD quality
In most cases, these cameras are significantly more powerful than microscope cameras with smaller sensors (1/2" or 2/3"). On our website you will find our current camera recommendations and a camera ranking which is specifically tailored to microscopy applications.
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